Dallas County, Alabama
Dallas County is most prominently known as being in the center of the civil rights movement. Home to Selma, Alabama, Dallas County is one of the most culturally significant counties in Alabama. However, the significance of Dallas County did not begin with the civil rights movement.
Approximately 2 years before Alabama became a state, Dallas County was created on February 9, 1818. At the junction of the Cahaba and Alabama rivers was a small city named Cahaba. It was named the county seat and the state capital in 1820. When the state government was moved to Tuscaloosa in 1825, Cahaba suffered a steep economic and political decline. Later, the county seat for Dallas County was moved to Selma.
In the early years, Dallas County was a thriving agricultural center for Alabama, due primarily because of its location in the Black Belt and proximity to the Alabama River. Cotton was a staple crop in the early 1800s and its acreage was primarily plantations. In 1836, the addition of the railroad expanded the already booming agriculturally based economy of the area. The railroad allowed for transport of its cotton crop to Anniston and Mobile and to the Tennessee River.
During the civil war, Selma was the center of the munitions industry, which manufactured artillery, cannons, iron, and nitre, which is used to make gunpowder. After New Orleans, Selma was the top target for Union Soldiers. Estimates show that nearly 10,000 workers were employed by the various factories near the end of the Civil War.
Dallas County was also the center of the civil rights movement. In the 1960s, Selma was the home to the first voter-registration drives. It is also known as the home to the famous “Bloody Sunday” events, which occurred when Alabama State Troopers attacked marchers during the Selma-to-Montgomery March. It is because of the famous “Bloody Sunday” events and the Selma-to-Montgomery march that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Today, many of the historically significant establishments in Dallas County are open to the public as museums, including many civil-rights movement museums. There are currently over 1,250 structures listed on the state and national historic registers. Those who are interested in visiting Dallas County can enjoy various festivals, with one occurring in every season. Visitors may also participate in the annual reenactment of the Selma-to-Montgomery march.
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